The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) are investigating possible community exposures to an industrial solvent used by a manufacturer in White Bear Township.
Water Gremlin, Inc. at 4400 Otter Lake Road in White Bear Township, makes fishing sinkers and battery terminal posts. In January 2019, the MPCA learned that the facility was releasing trichloroethylene from its manufacturing process into the air at levels above health guidelines. The MPCA requested the company to shut down the TCE production line on January 14, 2019, which they did the same day. This action stopped the TCE emissions, and that part of the facility will remain shut down as long as necessary to protect public health.
New information will be posted to this page as it becomes available.
Public informational meetings in the auditorium at North Campus, White Bear Lake Area High School (5045 Division Ave). The presentation will be the same for both meetings.
- Feb. 21 (6:30 – 9 p.m.)
- March 7 (6 30 – 9 p.m.)
Map of area of concern
Minnesota Department of Health information about TCE
- Information about Trichloroethylene (TCE) Exposures in Air and the Water Gremlin Inc. Site
- Trichloroethylene (TCE) and Your Health
- Guidance for trichloroethylene in air (MDH)
For more information, contact the MPCA or MDH at 651-201-4897 (leave a message for a call-back), or email email@example.com.